Portugal - Postal workers strike against restructuring - January 31, 2018

Workers at the CTT postal services have scheduled a nationwide strike and demonstration for 23 February, against job cuts and post office closures that are part of a restructuring plan. CTT is to close 22 of its branches as part of the plan. At least four branches are due to close in Lisbon, three in Porto, and one in the Algarve. Reports suggest employees were informed of the shake-up via an internal communiqué, and many claim they were caught unawares by the move. The original restructuring plan initially put to employees reportedly states ‘shops with poor demand’ would be closed down, although workers claim the intention to close 22 branches nationwide was not specified. The head of the CTT workers’ committee, said that they were told that there was no intention of making any significant changes to the network. The CTT has refused to address any possible lay-offs, allegedly telling its committee that affected workers will be transferred to other places where there is a shortage of employees.

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